Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 13, 1963 · Page 3
Get access to this page with a Free Trial
Click to view larger version

Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 3

Mt Vernon, Illinois
Issue Date:
Friday, December 13, 1963
Page 3
Start Free Trial

Page 3 article text (OCR)

I FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1963 THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS SIGN UP TO DONATE BLOOD TODAY Sinatra Case CIVE CIFT MEMBERSHIPS AAA—AUTOMOBILE CLUB ILLINOIS DIVISION OFFICE 1110 Main Street Mt. Vernon, Illinois Phone 242-1242 NORMAN L. HARMON District Mnnnger Kidnap Began With Room Service Knock Editor's Note: Jnmea Bacon, AP movlo-tclnvlston writer, an old friend of the Sinatra family, covered the kidnaping of Frank Sinatra Jr., on both the Nevada nnd California fronts. Here Is chronology of the events that spelled 54 hours of terror for u family. Some of it is news that didn't get printed—because- the life of a young boy was at stake. By JAMES BACON AP Movie-Television Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) — The knock on the door nnd Iho familiar shout "room service" didn't nlurm Frank Sinatra Jr., Inst Sunday night in his Lake Tahoe motel room. Sinistra, 19-ycar-old son of one of show business' biggest stars, had just finished dining in the room with Joe Foss. Foss was n substitute trumpeter in the revamped Tommy Dorsey band playing across the parking lot at Harrnh's Club. Young Sinatra was singer with the band, a band which used thn same book and the same song arrangements that had catapulted Frank Sr., to fame. As young Sinatra walked to open the door, he presumably thought a waiter wanted to cart away the dirty dinner dishes. The time was 9:30 p.m.—almost showlime for the young singer. But when Frankie opened the door, instead of a waiter sauntering in, two burly men, fairly young, burst in and one flashed NEW BRIDGE TO BE NAMED FOR LATE PRESIDENT HOLLYWOOD RAY OPTICAL MEANS LOWEST PRICES! Hundreds of latest style frames with highest quality Kryptok bifocal or single vision lenses. Also prescription San Glasses. Thorough Eye Examination $3.50 New Frames And Repairs Whllo You Walt Hours: 9:00 to 5:30 Daily — Fri. to 8:30 P.M. Closed Wednesday Afternoons RAY OPTICAL CO « AV E DALTON, o. D. No Appointment Necessary 117 N. Locust St Phone: 632-1618 Ccntralln, 111. Km FOR YOU ... * AND PARKING TOO... Jefferson Loan Co. 801 MAIN—242-4300 MAMMOTH Presents Pat EMBLEM of Good Taste En garde, men! ... You're about to meet a dashing new design in sport shirts. The Emblem by Jayson is smartly styled in elegant iri­ descent chambray. So easy-to-care-for . . . just wash and drip-dry! Note the eye-catching sword motif em­ broidered between the first and second button. In an exciting choice of colors: red, green, blue/gold. $ 5 MAMMOTH DEPT. STORE BERGMAN'S "SIN" PITIABLE IN '03 By ERSKINE JOHNSON Hollywood Correspondent Newspaper Enterprise Assn. This is the new .$10,000,000 bridge linking Louisville, Ky., and Jeffersonville, Hid. Tho structure, spanning tho Ohio River will bo named the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge, honoring the Inlr President, at its dedication December 0. The slx-lano bridge Is approximately one-half mile long and will carry Interstate Highway 05 traffic across the Ohio. (AP Wlrephoto) a gun. Tims began IM hours of terror for young Sinai ra and his family—Hie fim Hollywood kidnap- ing in history. The kidnaping has many complexities. It stalled with a complexity. Why was Foss, a witness who could identify the unmasked abductors, left behind bound only with tape? It took Foss less than 10 minutes to loose himself and get Gene Evans, the hotel's press agent, on the phone. Evans called police and minutes after the kidnaping police had been alerted. Lake Tahoe is some (5,000 feet up in the snowy High Sierra. In winter it's difficult, sometimes impossible, to get into or out of the area. Koads are few. List Sunday night a blinding snowstorm blocked any getaway down the C5 miles of treacherous mountain road to Reno. The only chance of getaway, presumably, wis down the wide, i and usually clear, U.S. 50 to Sacramento and (hen down busy U.S. fl!) into Los Angeles. Apparently that is the route the abductors took because young Sinatra was released early Wednesday morning only two miles from his mother's Hoi-Air home. It cost his famous father $210,000 in ransom but as Frank Sr., contented: "I was delighted to pay it to get our boy back unharmed." Sinatra, notified in Palm Springs, was in Keno Airport by '1:'M) a.m. Monday morning. Owner Charlie Mapes of tho Mupes Hotel put his private suite at Sinatra's disposal. Since the state-straddling locale of the kidnaping was unique, the FBI waived its usu- WHEELING DEALING on U.S.R0YAI 95 STAN The TIRE MAN 12th and Broadway Dial 242-6400 al 21-hour assumption that the abductors had crossed a slate line. By Monday dawn, some 26 federal agents were at Stateline, Nov., and almost that many were in and out of Sinatra's noon Monday. Among the first calls received by Sinatra came from U.S. Attorney-General Robert Kennedy, the nation's chief law enforcement officer. The FBI is under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department. The FBI, with its usual secrecy and perfectionist np- proach to efficiency, quarterbacked the whole operation- later causing local police agencies in the Lake Tahoe area and Los Angeles to criticize their handling of the case. Sinatra, used to giving orders, said he behaved like a good soldier. "I did everything they told me to," he said. "1 can't praise them highly enough." One FBI official explained: "Our paramount interest is the return of the victim unharmed, then we move into tho apprehension aspects of a case." Sinatra, sleepless, worried and fearful, sat all day Monday by the telephone—one of several in the room. Ho sometimes used another phone to call his long- divorced wife, Nancy, in Los Angeles. Frank Jr., was just a small boy when Sinatra and Nancy were divorced but the father remained close to her and the three children. At 4:45 p.m., Monday, the first call came. The kidnapers told Frank that the boy was safe. "They sounded like they meant business," said Sinatra. The same man called again at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Sinatra had not slept all night, except for an occasional doze of a few minutes in the chair. Sinatra was allowed to talk to his son. "They wouldn't let me talk to him long. I asked him if he was comfortable and he said he was OK." Another call at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday set off the routine for tho ransom payoff. Sinatra was told to go to Ron's Service Station in Carson City, across the street from the State Capitol Building. Before Sinatra got there, the attendant took four calls all asking for Sinatra. He thought it was a gag—until Sinatra walked in. The next call came while Sinatra was there. Sinatra, with an FBI agent, then drove eight blocks to another service station. Another call was made there by the abductor. Sinatra and the FBI agent went to the FBI office in Reno where the singer conferred with Dean Prison, agent in charge for Nevada. At 6 p.m., a chartered flight carrying Sinatra and FBI agents left Reno Airport for Los Angeles. So secret was the departure that a newsman staked out at the airport didn't see the plane depart. And the airport is a small one. Newsmen were told that Sinatra went to Los Angeles to comfort his distraught ex-wife— and that lie would return Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. As it turned out, Sinatra went to his wife's house to get two more calls from the kidnapers. These calls arranged for the dropoff of the 5210,000 in small notes at a spot near the Veterans' Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles. Sinatra earlier had called on friends to round up the bills in small denominations. The tycoon singer grasses millions a year. His credit is good. Sinatra is at a loss to explain how the unusual figure of $210,000 was arrived at. An FBI man left the money al the spot and Sinatra went back to his former wife's home to await word of his son's release. At 2 a.m., Wednesday, Sinatra got a call that his son had been dropped off at Mulholland Drive and the San Diego Freeway. Sinatra and three other men drove off but returned -10 minutes later grim-faced. They couldn 't (find the boy. At 2:55 a .m., Bel-Air private 1 patrolman George C. Jones, I driving his usual route down iRoscomare Road, heard a 1 j shout; "Hey!" Ho recognized young Sinulra walking down the middle ol the road with a blindfold still dangling around his neck. Young Sinatra had walked the two miles from where he had been dropped off. lie said ho had been hiding behind bushes whenever he saw a car come by. 'T was afraid those kidnapers were still cruising nround looking for me," he said. "I talked the guy who was holding me into letting me loose. I had been working on him ever since Iho other guys went to make the ransom pickup." The patrolman thought young Frank should see his parents before the army of newsmen and cameramen outside the Sinatra home saw him, so he hid the youngster in the trunk of his squad car and drove him into Nancy's driveway undetected. Then, as his mother and father and younger sister Tina joyfully hugged him, young Sinatra grabbed his father's arm and said: "I'm sorry, dad." Replied Frank: "Who's sorry? We're delighted you're back safe. That's all that counts. You're alive." HOLLYWOOD—(I. E A) —Ingrid • Bergman's "sin" of 14 years ago seems pitiable compared to tilings going on in today's movie world. The wrath of both movie-goers and the film industry descended on Ingrid, in case memories are hazy, when she divorced her husband to wed Roberto Rossellini, the Italian director and father of her child. Bergman films were boycotted al the box office and the film industry labeled her "poison" as a marquee attraction. Fade out in 1919. Fnde in on 1963. LIZ TAYLOR and Richard Burton arc setting new records in togetherness for two people who are married to others. Romy Schneider, a bright new star, says: "I live with tho man (French actor Alain Delon) I love. We arc not married, but what's that got to do with It? A marriage contract is only a vulgar piece of paper." Anthony Quinn is legally separated from his wife after telling her the news that he fathered the son of another woman. He is living today in a villa in Rome with Jolanda Ad- dolori and their six-month-old son, Francesco Quinn. For Liz and Burton, Romy and Quinn, there are bigger- thnn-evcr marquee lights. WHAT HAS HAPPENED since the Bergman headlines? Moral decay? Confusion between acceptable behavior and misconduct? Fallen idols? The latter, perhaps, provides the best explanation. In Hollywood's golden age, screen stars were public idols —"the royalty of America," a British journalist once called them. Yet as more employes of huge corporations they were subject to censure via morality clauses in their contracts. They could be indiscreet—and many of them were—but to the public the image was always shiny and pure. Then a vast International world of moviemaking replaced tho ivory towers of Hollywood. The idols fell and tho public becamo Indifferent when "tho Idols" emerged as mere humans. Loren and Rosanna Schlaffino, France's Brigitte Bardot, Hong Kong-born Nancy Kwan and Mclina Mercouri from Greece. They reflect the bold and frank films in which they appear. They are not woven by Hollywood's dream factory. They are realists who do as they please. All of them echo the words of Miss Schneider: "There are much more, what people about me. I things In life important than think or write am what I am. APOCRYPHA i * The Apocrypha were written mostly In the two centuries be« fore Christ's time and after the other books of the Old Testament were completed. These now usually are not printed In Protestant Bibles. The box office fell, too. No longer did it record a popularity vote which, in the case of Ingrid Bergman, all but banished her from the U.S. screen and scene for nearly seven years. TODAY 60 PER CENT of movie profits come from outside the U.S., where home screens have not made the same impact. Foreign motion pictures have invaded U.S. theaters in large numbers to fill the gap caused by the end of asse.nbly-line Hollywood production. Because of their International appeal outside the U.S. market, many of today's film actresses are foreigners. Austria's Romy Schneider, Germany's E!ke Sommcr, Italy's Sophia They can go to hell." They are the reason for Ingrid Bergman's bittersweet memories. HUTSON MACHINE SERVICE Royal Portable Typewriter! CHRISTMAS PRICE $49.95 2231 Casey Ave. Ph. 242-2707 HEARING AID GIVEN A most uniquo freo offer of tpecial interest to thou who hoar but do not understand words, has just been announced by Danavox Instrument Co. A true life, actual siie replica of the smallest Danavox ever made will be given absolutely free to anyone answering this advertisement. It weighs less than a third of an ounce, and it's alt at ear level. Wear test it in the privacy of your own home without cost or obligation of any kind. It's yours to keep, free ^Mail This Coupon Today ' DANAVOX RESEARCH 1311 G. St., N.W. Washington 6, O.C. Dept. A.M. from GIFT CHEST SAY THE NICEST THINGS! Vz CARAT SOLITARE DIAMOND One large dazzling Diamond in A Beautiful single setting. $9950 feu* CMDIT is AlWAYS OOOD At tin CHEST JlWflttt West Side of Square! Phone 244-0624 Fight Tuberculosis - and Other Respiratory Diseases Since 1872-scatisfaction guaranteed or your money back! This Christmas put her legs in stockings by KAYS IS R* What could please her more than a box of her favorite Kayser sheersl Seamless or seamed ... in an array of shades as bright and beautiful as the holidays themselves! Send season's greetings the smart way . . . with Kayser hosiery. DOLLENS SHOE STORE 1003 Broadway FRIDAY-SATURDAY MONDAY ONLY ERTIFICATE custom ball s WOMEN'S SPECIALS MEN'S SPECIAL! HAWTHORNE GREY AND PINK BALL ABC approved—smart, multi-colored bowling ball designed for women with a man-sized punch! 12,13,14- Ib. sizes. Also see Wards I- '• "'''»r t nvfiS «Or ! '", 21 88 Reg. 25.95 IAWTHORNE MULTI-COLORED BALL Designed for smashing 10- pin action! ABC approved- finest quality for years of use. Available in 14,15 and 16-lb. sizes. Smart-looking blue and black. 19 88 Reg. 23.9S 10th and Broadway Catalog Phone - 242-5360 Customer Service Phone — 242-6554 Hours: 9 Til 5:25 — Retail Phone - 242-6540 Monday and Friday 9 Til 7*55

Get full access with a Free Trial

Start Free Trial

What members have found on this page